DIY ROUND HANGING SHELF

I’ve been wanting to make a round hanging shelf for the last few months, I love the way they’re almost like art when you fill it with pretty possessions. However, I’ve struggled to find a way to create a perfect circular frame for it. Walking down the street in Hong Kong recently I stumbled upon the answer, a large dim sum steamer. Who would have thought that they could produce something more than a delicious lunch? Read on to see how. Spoiler: it’s shockingly easy.

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You need:

  • A dim sum steamer basket (mine was 38 cm / 15 inches across)
  • A piece of plywood a fraction longer than the widest part of the inside of the steamer, with a depth that matches.
  • Scissors/stanley knife
  • Rope
  • Wire

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How to:

1. Start by removing the base of the basket by cutting away all the woven parts connecting to the frame.

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2. Once you remove the weaving it should be a simple task of pulling out the bamboo base. If yours is glued in You may have to pry it out.

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3. Your frame should look like this.

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4. Wedge your plywood into the steamer. Mine had some wrapped bamboo which provided a natural ledge for the shelf, but if your doesn’t I would also add some glue to keep the shelf in place.

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5. Cut the rope to the size you want in terms of how much you want the basket to hang down.

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6. The steamer basked will have holes in the side through which the weaving you cut out went, so I simply wrapped the wire through that to secure the rope.

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Voila. This has taken pride of place above my desk!

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